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Jonesboro City Council approves student housing complex

By an 8-4 vote last night, the Jonesboro City Council approved rezoning land that will house a 20 million dollar student housing complex near Arkansas State University.  The complex would be located on East Johnson Avenue near Arkansas State University.  Representatives from Zimmer Development Company said they plan to place several buildings on 15 acres of land on East Johnson Avenue. The new development will be called University Woods and is to be built in two phases.

10/06/2015 6:34 AM

Jonesboro Sales Tax Debate Continues

There are 585 miles of paved streets in Jonesboro, Mayor Harold Perrin said Monday as he discussed the need for constant road repairs in Jonesboro.In about a month, Jonesboro voters will decide what to do with those roads as they head to the polls Nov. 10 to decide the fate of a proposed one-cent sales tax.Perrin gave a presentation Monday night to about 40 people at the Jonesboro Municipal Center. The meeting Monday was the second in a series of meetings about the proposal.

10/06/2015 6:30 AM

SBTDC Plans Home-based Business, Online Marketing Seminars

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will hold two key seminar opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners, Thursday, Oct. 22. “Operating a Home-based Business” will kick off the day from 9-11 a.m., and “Getting Started with Pinterest and Instagram” will be from 1-4 p.m. Event fees are $40 to the public, $35 for Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce members, and $20 for A-State staff and students.

10/05/2015 5:15 PM

Students Earn 13 Prism Awards at PRSA Banquet

JONESBORO – Thirteen students from Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication received awards in the student division at the 2015 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Prism recognition ceremony last week at Little Rock’s Heifer International. The event marked the 30th anniversary of the prestigious awards.

10/05/2015 4:45 PM

HPMEC to Sponsor Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” Trip

PIGGOTT, Ark. —Friends of the Pfeiffers, the membership program of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC), invites the community to join them for Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” a trip to Italy and Switzerland next spring, May 27-June 5, 2016.

10/02/2015 1:00 PM

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas receives grant for Backpack Program

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 10-thousand-dollar grant from the Red Nose Day Fund to benefit their Backpack Program.  The program serves 760 students on school campuses in Forrest City, Jonesboro, Nettleton, Tuckerman, Swifton, Monette, Leachville, Marmaduke, Lynn, Strawberry, and Maynard.  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Development Director Vicky Pillow tells why backpack programs are needed.

10/02/2015 7:48 AM

Emails show Jonesboro city efforts to recruit convention center from two developers

The city of Jonesboro has worked at least six years to bring a convention center project to the city through several key twists and turns, according to records obtained by Talk Business & Politics.On Thursday, the city of Jonesboro responded to an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act request seeking any and all correspondence between the city and two groups seeking to build separate convention center projects in Jonesboro.

10/02/2015 7:30 AM

How can communities economically bounce back after natural disasters?

The Delta Regional Authority is hosting training in Jonesboro and Pine Bluff about what elected officials in the state can do to help their communities spur economic development after a natural disaster.  The training series is called “Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities” and will combine resources from the DRA and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.  DRA chairman Chris Massnegill tells why this is necessary.

10/02/2015 7:26 AM

Unity Park Re-Dedication Ceremony is Homecoming Highlight

Students, faculty and staff will gather to re-dedicate Unity Park Saturday, Oct. 3, at its new site on campus. The ceremony and flag raising begins at 8:30 a.m. at the new site in Greek Village, north of Aggie Road and east of the International English Studies Building. The public is invited.

10/01/2015 4:15 PM

College of Business to Host Fall 2015 Business Plan Competition

JONESBORO – All students, both undergraduate and graduate, are eligible for the eighth annual Fall Business Plan Competition hosted by Arkansas State University’s College of Business. Winning proposals will receive rewards from a total cash prize package that increased this year to $5,000.

10/01/2015 3:15 PM

2015 Faculty Biennial opens at Bradbury Art Museum, Oct. 8

Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) at Arkansas State University will host an exhibition of recent artwork by the faculty in the Department of Art. The 2015 Faculty Biennial will open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. Included in the exhibition are Nikki Arnell, Joe Ford, Shelley Gipson, John Norris, Bill Rowe, John Salvest, Curtis Steele, Cara Sullivan, Kimberly Boyd Vickrey, Susan Whiteland and Melissa Wilkinson.

10/01/2015 10:45 AM

'Many Ways to Read a Map: Work by Bill Rowe' Opens Oct. 8

“Many Ways to Read a Map,” an exhibition of neon and found object artwork by Bill Rowe, opens at the Arkansas State University Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. Inspired by his travels in Arkansas, Rowe presents work that is humorous, thoughtful and provocative. Working primarily in clay and neon, creating pottery and sculpture, Rowe has been included in well over 400 regional, national and international exhibitions.

10/01/2015 10:30 AM

Education & Behavioral Science Honors Alumni, Former Dean

Six outstanding alumni and a former dean of education at Arkansas State University will be recognized during the College of Education and Behavioral Science's homecoming celebration, Friday, Oct. 2. The reception is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. in the Spring River Room of the Reng Student Union.

10/01/2015 9:15 AM

Some A-State students can get their degree in 3 years

Arkansas State University is offering a program that allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete a four-year degree in three years.  The program started this fall and it is called Degree in 3.  Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says the program can provide a huge savings for students and families.

10/01/2015 7:56 AM

Study: Private Option helping working Arkansans

Results of a study about Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion, the private option, show that the plan is helping working people.  A study released yesterday by the advocacy group Families USA found that almost 60 percent of those on the private option are low-income workers.  One of the directors of FamiliesUSA Dee Mahan tells what Medicaid expansion means to those recipients.

10/01/2015 7:17 AM

Student Composers Concert to Showcase New Works

The Department of Music will present the Student Composers Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. This concert will be a showcase of student composer activities, and will feature new and recent works performed by students and faculty.

09/30/2015 4:00 PM

A-State Announces 'Degree in 3' Three-Year Degree Option

Degree in 3 is a wide range of plans that allow students to reduce costs and complete their undergraduate degree in three calendar years. Along with the three-year program advising and checklists, A-State’s Degree in 3 also provides support for early entry into graduate school.

09/30/2015 1:00 PM

Black Rock's new bridge to be dedicated

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will dedicate the new US Highway 63 bridge at Black Rock.  The bridge is located 10 miles west of Walnut Ridge.  Black Rock Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale tells what this bridge means to the region.“It is a very nice bridge. It has been a long time in coming because we have needed it for several years.  I see it helping the economy for a long time for not just Black Rock, but also for Lawrence County.”The $40 million bridge replaces the old bridge that had weight limits placed on it.

09/30/2015 7:43 AM

2nd Annual Arkansas Science Festival to start

For the second consecutive year, the thought-provoking and entertaining events of the Arkansas Science Festival are on tap for more than week, starting on Friday, Oct. 2.Arkansas Science Festival events will continue through Saturday, Oct. 10, at Arkansas State University and other sites in Northeast Arkansas.

09/30/2015 6:56 AM

Hutchinson says Arkansas is well-positioned for trade with Cuba

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a delegation of nearly 50 Arkansas business leaders and state officials are in Cuba for a series of meetings with government officials.The communist island nation and its 11 million residents have for years been eyed as an untapped marketplace for Arkansas products, especially agriculture. With diplomatic relations being restored between the U.S. and Cuba, Hutchinson said this was an ideal time to begin building a relationship. The visit is the first by an American governor since the U.S. re-opened its embassy there in July.

09/30/2015 5:08 AM

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09/30/2015 12:00 AM

A-State Students to Host Food Pantry Open House Sept. 30

JONESBORO – Volunteer A-State and the Student Government Association at Arkansas State University are hosting a Food Pantry Open House, Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 3-5 p.m., at the pantry’s new site, the Volunteer A-State Center, 2907 East Johnson (former soccer facility).

09/29/2015 5:00 PM